Four Rod and Cane Society domestic discipline novels have been published, with Reasonable Doubts (Rod and Cane 5) to release January 13, 2015. Yes! I have a firm date now! If you’d like to receive an email newsletter announcing when it’s available you can sign up with the button at the top of the sidebar. You will ONLY receive an email when there is a new release. You will not be contacted for any other reason at any other time.
In development of the series, several factors have affected the story direction—factors readers never got to see:
- The series’ former publisher had me cut several scenes from False Pretenses (book 2), the story of Emma Dupree who goes undercover to get the dirt on the Rod and Cane Society. One of the deleted scenes showed how her story impacted the membership when Liz Davenport is called before the senior partner of her law firm. I resurrected the scene, revised it, and used it as a prologue of Reasonable Doubts.
Also, in that same deleted scene, readers were introduced to Regina Ellison, Liz’s assistant, who later became the heroine of Disciplinary Measures (Rod and Cane 4).
- I tried out three different titles for Rod and Cane 5: Hasty Exits, Personal Sacrifices, and finally, Reasonable Doubts. I’d wanted a legal sounding name all along because both the hero and heroine are attorneys, but it took me a while to come up with a suitable title.
- All Rod and Cane titles follow the same grammar: adjective + plural noun.
- The Rod and Cane series is set in a fictitious town in California—although I never name the state.
- The working title of Unexpected Consequences was Spanking Melania. I’d originally intended to give all the books “spanking names” Disciplining Emma, Caning Candi, etc.
- Heath was Jared Traynor’s original name in Unexpected Consequences. After I kept typing it as “health,” I changed it to “Case.” But when I finished the first draft, I had four characters with C names: Case, Chuck, Candi and Conner. Case became Jared and Chuck became Tucker. I’d always planned to write Tucker and Candi’s story. Someday…
- Traynor is a deliberate play on words: “Train Her.” Dan Tanner (Tan Her) was purely accidental. Melania is named after Donald Trump’s third wife. One review criticized the name, saying, “Is there anyone in the world really named “Melania”? – I don’t think so.” Ha!
- Paul McGinnis is the blustery pseudo villain in False Pretenses who wanted to cane Emma. I’d pitched an idea to my former publisher of doing a book of Rod and Cane shorts, which included revealing Paul’s deep dark secret: he was a spanked husband. But the series publisher wasn’t keen on a book of shorts and said that Femdom stories don’t sell well, so I ditched the idea. I decided not to make Paul a spanked husband. However, he does return as a villain in Reasonable Doubts.
- Before False Pretenses, I’d noticed that whenever I mentioned a pet, it was always a cat. To get the feline thing out of my system, I created Jinx, the runaway cat who brings Emma and Dan together. I thought my stratagem had worked. But then in Body Politics, Mark nicknamed Stephane “Kitten.” So I guess it didn’t.
- Jordan Bevy, Rod and Cane’s disciplinary proctor, will probably be the next character I write about. He’s a secondary character in False Pretenses and Reasonable Doubts.
- Of all the heroines, Emma Dupree is most like me. She looks like me and has held similar jobs. The one character I admire most and wish I could be like is Liz Davenport.
- My favorite hero is Mark DeLuca of Body Politics. Damn, that man is sexy. The Bottom’s Up scene where Stephanie realizes she’s in a spanko bar and ends up having sex with Mark in the parking lot is my favorite part of all the Rod and Cane books.
Do you have a favorite Rod and Cane character? How about a favorite scene?
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